Green Light: 194-Bed Hotel at Cork’s Camden Quay

Cork City Council has granted planning approval for the construction of a 194-bedroom hotel located at Camden Quay, Cork.

The hotel will be located at the former McKenzies Circuit Courthouse site on the bank of the River Lee. The site was bought for €3.5m in late 2020 by Irish & UK developers, JMK Group.

The plans outline the retention for development, conservation, refurbishment, and change of use of the existing courthouse building which is a protected structure.

The approved hotel plans comprise 194-bedrooms which will feature 153 hotel rooms and 41 long-stay suites. A two- to six-story annex will be constructed to the rear of the protected structure.

A rooftop restaurant, gym, and ground floor restaurant/café are also included in the plans.

The hotel site is located directly opposite the Cork Opera House on the bank of the River Lee.

CGI consultants, 3D Design Bureau, liaised with the development team to construct a series of 3D planning and 3D marketing solutions. 3D Design Bureau produced verified view montages, presentation photomontagesarchitectural CGIs, and a BRE daylight & sunlight assessment which were submitted as part of the planning application to Cork City Council. The visuals are now being used for marketing purposes with national media covering the project.

Camden Quay – Full Project Details:

Project Name: Camden Quay Hotel, Cork.

Site Location: The former McKenzies/Circuit Courthouse, Camden Quay, Camden Place, and Pine Street, Cork City.

Planning Stage: Planning Granted

Planning Documents: Cork City Council

Floor Area: 7,857 m2

Site Area: 0.22 hectares

Storeys: 2 to 6

Units: 194-beds

CGI Presentation Photomontage of Hotel Development at Camden Quay Cork
CGI Presentation Photomontage of Hotel Development at Camden Quay Cork

Camden Quay – Development Team

Developer: Carra Shore Limited based in Kildare

Developer: JMK Group are a privately owned hospitality group led by industry experts, using innovation and forward thinking to deliver long-term success.

Architect: John Flemming Architects were established in 1994and has developed a diverse body of creative work. This work includes private one-off residential, multi-unit residential, commercial, hospitality/leisure, and retail projects, as well as much-needed student residences and many large-scale master planning exercises.

Agent: HW Planning is a full-service planning and regeneration consultancy providing specialist advice to clients in the public and private sectors.

Project Manager: Virtus Contracts Management is one of Ireland’s leading Project Management and Quantity Surveying companies. They provide a professional, flexible, results-driven service from experienced, dedicated, and commercially aware people.

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Homan O’Brien Associates are one of Ireland’s leading independent consulting engineering practices specialising in designing mechanical and electrical building services for over 60 years.

Archaeologist: John Cronin and Associates provides professional services in archaeology, building conservation, town planning, and heritage management.

Consulting Engineers: Murphy Matson O’Sullivan provides civil and structural engineering services which also extend to industrial, renewable energy, office fit-out, and event construction.

Public Health Consultant: DCON Safety Consultants Limited prioritise and specialise in the highest levels of informed & intelligent advice, senior project resource allocation, and compliance assurance.

CGI Consultants3D Design Bureau – are specialists in architectural visualisation, BIM, and VR – delivering quality design planning and marketing solutions. For this project, 3D Design Bureau created a series of verified view montages, presentation photomontages, architectural CGIs, and a BRE daylight & sunlight assessment which are being used for planning, marketing and design.

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